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Jürgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann
Personal information
Date of birth30 July 1964(age 52)
Place of birthGöppingen, West Germany
Height1.81 m
Playing positionStriker

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Jürgen Klinsmann (born 30 July 1964 in Göppingen) is a German football manager and former player who is currently the coach of the United States Men's National Team. As a player, Klinsmann played for several prominent clubs in Europe and was part of the West German team that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the German one that won the 1996 UEFA European Championship. One of West Germany's/Germany's premier strikers during the 90s, Klinsmann scored in all six major international tournaments he participated, from Euro 1988 to 1998 World Cup.

He managed the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup. On 12 July 2006, Klinsmann officially announced that he would step down as Germany's coach after two years in charge and be replaced by assistant coach Joachim Löw. He took over as coach of Bayern Munich in July 2008, when Ottmar Hitzfeld stepped down to take over as the head coach of the Swiss National Team. On 27 April 2009 he was released early, even though he had won five of the previous seven league games and was only three points behind league leader VfL Wolfsburg. In the jointly initiated reforms at Bayern it emerged there was a severe clash of opinions between coach and club management.

On 29 July 2011, after years of speculation and protracted negotiations with the US Soccer Federation, Klinsmann was named coach of the USMNT after coach Bob Bradley was released.

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